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Serbian police demand pay increases

(Xinhua)

08:36, December 27, 2011

BELGRADE, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- After blocking one of the major intersections of Belgrade for over six hours on Monday, an estimated 1,500 police officers seeking pay increases ended their demonstration but warned to begin strikes, the Serbian news agency Tanjug reported.

Demonstrators gathered in front of the Serbian government building, demanding a dialogue with Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic.

A police union representative said they had failed to reach a satisfactory outcome with Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Dacic, who is also Minister of Interior.

The requests of the police union included an increase in wages for all employees of the Ministry of Interior, compensation for outstanding back pay and travel allowances.

Since December 12, the police union has instructed its members to only respond to emergency situations.

Dacic had earlier urged the police to end their strike, saying there were no additional funds in the budget to meet their salary demands. However, he also promised that more resources would be allocated for the Ministry of Interior in 2012.

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